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This page provides descriptions of various music workshops facilitated by Clint Goss and Vera Shanov.

Clint and Vera's Native Flute Playshop

We focus on techniuqes for (1) improving individual playing, (2) playing with other flutes as well as percussion, guitar, and piano, and (3) performing with no stress. Our approach uses group activities that are musical, fun, and result in learning by direct experience. Our goal is that all participants come away with tools to be more creative and expressive, to be able to jam with other musicians, and share these techniques in their flute circles.

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Native Flute Playshops facilitated by Clint Goss and Vera Shanov are one-day, weekend, or full-week workshops for people who play (or wish to play) the Native American Flute. Each playshop is an opportunity to create a deeper connection with your music and how you express yourself with the Native American flute. We believe that expressing yourself though music is as natural a means of communication as speaking, and often more joyful and healthy. We also believe that all people are musical and that each person's level of musicality depends only on their level of experience in music-making.

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The primary focus of Native Flute Schools is on:

  • Expressing yourself though organic, improvisational music-making,
  • Developing technique on the Native American flute and using that technique to increase your range of expressiveness, and
  • Playing with other instruments — rhythm, guitar, piano, and voice.

We've found that participants learn the most when they are actually playing the most. In these playshops, participants are playing most of the time! You will get an opportunity to play solo and in ensembles in many settings and many types of instruments, and work with facilitators from many different corners of music. Workshop sessions throughout the Native Flute School focus on building confidence playing the flute in many settings and styles and expressing your inner voice.

Flute players with all levels of experience are welcome! We encourage the sounds of all players in a supportive and non-critical environment. So, regardless of your current level of experience, if you want to bring your flute playing to a new level, these workshops are designed for you!

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Clint Goss, Ph.D. is a trained music facilitator and performer on world flutes and an array of ethnic fusion world instruments. Clint and his wife, Vera, have facilitated energetic and inspirational Native Flute workshops since 2003. They bring out the musical potential in all participants, focusing on techniques that make music expression accessible to players with all levels of musical experience.

Clint and Vera have facilitated over 60 multi-day Native Flute schools in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Central America, and New Zealand as well as general music workshops at The Omega Institute and Stony Point. Yearly music workshops currently include Flute Haven, Flute Harvest, Native Rhythms, Zion Canyon, and Musical Echoes. Clint also presents on topics such as Flutes and Human Development, Flutes: Health and Healing, Flute Playing Physiology, and the Origins of Music.

Clint has recorded and produced over 20 CDs since 2006 on his Manifest Spirit label, with a heavy emphasis on music enrichment and education. These have included SpiritGrass, the Jam Tracks series for flute players, The Darling Conversations by Grammy®-winning artist David Darling and Julie Weber, The Listening Book and The Musical Life with William A. Mathieu, Alba with Eugene Carr, Mystic Song with Lynn Miller, From War to Peace with Ani Kalayjian, and Flute Haven Journeys with the participants of Flute Haven 2012.

Flutopedia Over the last decade, Clint has developed Flutopedia.com, an expansive resource for flute players, flute makers, and researchers of the Native American flute. He has also published original research in psychophysiology, respiratory physiology, and ergonomics related to music and the Native American flute.

Clint holds a certificate in music facilitation from the Music for People organization, a Ph.D. in computer science from Courant Institute, New York University, and FAA flight instructor and commercial pilot certificates.



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Related Web Sites

www.ClintGoss.com — general home page

www.Flutopedia.com — Native Flute resource web site

www.ManifestSpirit.com — Manifest Spirit Records and Music

www.SpiritGrass.com — Clint’s Native Flute / Ethnic Fusion CD

www.NAFTracks.com — Native Flute Background CDs

www.ListeningBookAudio.com — The Listening Book and The Musical Life

www.DarlingConversations.com — The Darling Conversations

www.NativeFluteSchool.com — Native Flute Schools

www.FluteHaven.com — Specific East-Coast Native Flute schools


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